NEW DELHI: Five states — Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh — accounted for 60% of the total 36,91,166 confirmed cases reported from across the country till Monday. Of this, Maharashtra alone witnessed more than 21% cases.
Here is a look at the numbers of the five most-affected states —
With over 8.2 lakh cases, the state is now the 5th worst-hit region in the world behind the US, Brazil, India and Russia. The next worst-affected state in the country was Andhra Pradesh with over 4.5 lakh cases.
On September 3, the state reported 18,105 cases, the highest single-day count so far. On the same day, around 14,000 people were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered cases beyond the 6 lakh-mark to 6,12,484.
Pune with more than 1.7 lakh cases and Mumbai with over 1.4 lakh cases account for almost 40% of the cases in the state.
The state has a case positivity rate of over 19%, much higher than the national average of 7.8% (as on September 1). The high share of Covid-19 tests that are positive indicates the virus is still prevalent in the state. It also implies that the state administration is not conducting enough tests.
Since June, the state has been reporting in excess of 200 deaths every day. This week, the death toll in the state surpassed 25,000 accounting for over 38% of deaths in India.
For the ninth day in a row, the state reported in excess of 10,000 cases per day on Thursday. There have been 4.65 lakh cases in the state since the outbreak of the pandemic with 3.57 lakh recoveries. The state has 1.03 lakh active patients.
In August, the state saw 2.93 lakh cases — nearly 300% increase in cases from July. In July, however, there was a massive 1,000% increase in cases from June.
With 62,225 samples tested on September 3, the state has so far tested 39.05 samples. The overall positivity rate of the tests was at 11.92%.
The state has one of the highest tests per million ratio with 73,142 tests per million. The cases per million is at 8,722.
On August 31, Andhra Pradesh overtook Tamil Nadu to become the second-worst-affected state in the country.
The death toll in the state breached 6,000-mark on September 3 with 104 fatalities. The state reported 8,865 fresh cases taking the total number of infections to 3.70 lakh.
Contrary to the success of the initial days, the state is finding it difficult to manage the growing rate of infection. Trends indicate that the state could soon see more than 10,000 cases per day.
Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 1,38,701 infections, followed by Ballari 22,591 and Mysuru 19,828.
A third of the daily positive cases are being reported from Bengaluru.
The city is also one of the biggest contributors in the state's fatality rate with 2,037 of the total 5,950 deaths.
A total of 31.23 lakh samples were tested so far, out of which 71,124 were tested on Thursday alone. Among the samples tested today 32,403 were rapid antigen tests.
The coronavirus death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 3,691 with 75 more fatalities, while 5,776 fresh cases pushed the state's infection tally to 2,47,101.
There are 57,598 active cases in the state, while 1,85,812 patients have been discharged after recovering from the infection.
As many as 1,36,803 Covid-19 tests were conducted in UP on Wednesday, taking the total number of tests done in the state to over 60 lakh. Of the 57,598 active cases, 29,588 are in home isolation. So far 59,13,584 samples have been tested in the state.
Tamil Nadu achieved a milestone in testing for coronavirus with the overall samples examined so far crossing the 50 lakh mark while 5,892 fresh cases took the infection count to 4,45,851 on Thursday.
The day also saw 92 more fatalities pushing the death toll to 7,608. The active cases in the state stood at 52,070.
In line with the thrust on testing as a key measure in the battle against the pandemic, Tamil Nadu has been among the states with a high number of tests.
On Thursday, a total of 82,901 samples were examined, taking the cumulative number of specimens tested to 50,47,042, a bulletin issued by the health department said.
Tamil Nadu does not use Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Tests and all the tests conducted so far are RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction based), considered the gold standard to detect Covid-19.
The number of recoveries continued to outnumber fresh infections with 6,110 people walking out of various hospitals on Thursday, taking the total number of those cured of the disease to 3,86,173.
The fresh cases in the state capital slipped below the four-digit mark to 968 after several days as the total count rose to 1,38,724.
(With inputs from agencies)